Burnley Gardens honours Melbourne Alumna Michèle Adler

November 13 / 124

Ms Michele Adler with some of the details of the gate design.
Ms Michele Adler with some of the details of the gate design.

The new Michèle Adler Gates, dedicated to former lecturer in Horticulture Michèle Adler, have been installed at the Burnley campus.

The new Michèle Adler Gates, dedicated to former lecturer in Horticulture Michèle Adler, have been installed at the Burnley campus.

The iron gates were designed by Ms Adler and commissioned by the Friends of Burnley Gardens (FOBG), a non-profit, incorporated community organisation which has a long history with the campus.

The gates are located at the entry of the Gardens’ former orchard.

ABC 774 gardening personality Carolyn Blackman officially launched the gates at a celebration earlier this month.

Ms Adler said she was humbled by the dedication.

“The Gardens have a very special place in my heart. They were and are an important part of my life.”

After moving to Melbourne in 1985, Ms Adler was offered a position as a Horticulture lecturer at University’s Burnley campus, where she spent 20 years teaching until retiring in 2005.

“The gardens were my classroom and my laboratory. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work in them every day – sun, rain or moonshine. Thousands of horticulture students have shared their majesty,” she said.  

In addition to lecturing and researching at Burnley, Ms Adler has also volunteered with the Friends group for 15 years.

“Over the years I have done just about every task– from working bees and ‘hands on horticulture’ in the Gardens to giving lectures to the group, running workshops and being chair of the group,” Ms Adler said.

Ms Adler is an honorary life member and currently Vice Chair of FOBG, organizing lectures, activities and the Pruning Day (Open Day).

“I am interested in supporting The Gardens as they are now Heritage listed and have a very important place in the history of the Burnley campus.”

“Burnley Gardens are a jewel in the crown of Melbourne.  We are custodians of their historic past and part of their future.”

The Friends will celebrate Burnley Gardens 150th anniversary with a special dinner and “Magic Lantern Show” on Saturday 23 November.

For more information on upcoming events for the 150th go to:  http://www.fobg.org.au/blog/whats-on-2/150th-events/.

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